Forge Your Path To A Career In Automotive & Diesel Technology
… well, yeah. You can.
And with the hands-on experience and skills you’ll acquire in our Automotive program, you can turn your passion for the automotive world into a career you can bring with you anywhere. (Oh, and if you complete your required coursework and stay in good standing with the class? We’ll let you bring in your own vehicle to do course-related “live work” on.)
What better place to kick off the program than in the heart of the vehicle itself? We’ll start off by learning about basic electricity, then move into operating a Digital Multimeter to measure voltage, volt drops, resistance, and amperage. From there, we’ll progress to the Starting and Charging systems and learn how to diagnose existing problems; explore engine fundamentals; walk through how the lubrication and cooling systems work in the engine; cover engine component inspections and repair; and prepare you to take the Snap-On Meter certification. Throughout this course, we’ll be using the latest versions of shop information, including All-Data, Shop-Key, and manufacturer service information systems.
Learn how to use the proper tools to diagnose and fix a problem correctly… the first time! We stock our shop with the same up-to-date tools and diagnostic equipment you’ll find on the job. In this course, we’ll teach you how to perform detailed sensor diagnostics, as well as how to use lab scopes and scan tools to examine fuel and ignition systems, navigation systems, and more. You’ll also get the opportunity to earn certifications on the tools you’ll be using for diagnostics throughout the Automotive program as a whole.
We start the course with a fully assembled automatic transmission… then immediately tear it down and spend the rest of our time learning how to put it back together correctly. Along the way, we’ll explore differentials; drivelines; four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive; manual clutches; manual transmissions and transaxles; planetary gears; precision measuring instruments; torque converters; transmission hydraulics and clutches; and removal and reinstallation of a front-wheel-drive transaxle. Upon completion of the transmission rebuild, you’ll dyno-test the transmission to ensure proper operation of all forward and reverse gears.
Get to know everything underneath the vehicle! As part of this section, we get into the heating and air-conditioning systems, teaching you how to work with R-12, R-134A, and newer 1234YF refrigerant systems. You’ll also get hands-on experience with brake systems, on-car brake surfacing with Pro-Cut equipment (and the ability to acquire a Pro-Cut On-Car certification), computerized four-wheel alignment, fasteners, steering and suspension systems, supplemental inflatable restraint systems (SIR), tires and wheel balancing, wheel bearings, traction control systems, and vibration analysis.
Most Automotive students choose Applied Service Management, High-Performance Power Trains, Chassis Fabrication, or Street Rod, all of which are designed to complement the skills you’ve learned in the Automotive program and help you stand out to employers in the industry.
Graduates of our Automotive Technology program head into the industry with more than hands-on experience and a familiarity of industry-standard tools; they also have the backing of a degree from one of the most respected schools in the industry. Many of our graduates are putting their skills to work as mechanics, quick-service techs, and service techs. Although job placement isn’t guaranteed, our career services team works hard with our employer partners to place as many students as possible.
Many community college mechanic training programs don’t offer the same amount of hands-on experience that our training programs do. While online auto degree programs from technical institutes are convenient, there is nothing like the real-life experience of automotive repairs with the support and guidance of professionals. Our program develops automotive service technicians ready and able to enter the automotive industry with the knowledge they need to be safe and capable of doing auto repairs. To learn more about our automotive technology courses, see above.
Our mechanic courses are for six months. You can choose between automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing technology, and diesel technology. These programs will prepare you for your mechanic career. Plus, our specialty programs allow you to tailor your automotive technician training to your career goals and help you stand out from other applicants. Click to learn more about our collision repair program or learn more about a program for diesel mechanics.
WyoTech also offers our student certification programs, including ASE Certifications (an entry-level certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence).